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Ligne Bretagne Pipe #1752lb

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 Price:$SOLD
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Testing the waters here a little... I really love this stem acrylic swirl, but am waiting to see if they sell before buying a lot more of this material. It's likely to be the sort of thing that folks either love or hate. It does have one BIG difference from our usual Ligne Bretagne stems, however - It's acrylic instead of vulcanite. Drawbacks are that it's a little thicker and harder than our usual vulcanite bits, while the bonuses are color, variety of swirl pattern, and the fact that it will never dull or need polishing... No more green faded stems!

Apart from the fancy new stems, this look is actually a throwback to the earlier days of our Fat Dwarf styling - Back in France, we did a lot of "FD"s like this using black vulcanite stems, , so many that we eventually used up all our stem blanks only to find out that that size & style had been discontinued. I've missed them since. I've done a variety of alternative stem treatments for the Dwarves, but the long, chunky, saddle-bit stem & shank look remains my favorite.

Now, about this specific pipe... THE GRAIN, man! I've been working on some new process combinations that will hopefully make it easier to produce contrast stains affordably within a Ligne Bretagne operating budget, and this seemed like an ideal candidate given how strong the grain was all across the pipe. It's also quite a complicated bowl design and contrast stains are a particularly difficult trick to implement on pipes like this without getting highlighted edges during sanding and such... Ideally you want to see the grain remaining the same contrast level as it turns the edge of a bevel. This thing just turned out stunning - It has eye-popping displays of every sort of grain around its form, from the fanning flame grain of the right side to the intense concentrated bird's-eye of the top and left side. Why didn't it get a grade 5? That black splotch on the bowl bottom! The whole pipe was turning up $1200+ grain all around, and then it was like, "OK, we'll just throw in a beauty mark on the bottom" and suddenly it was a $198 pipe instead of a whole lot more. Given that the buyer is probably not going to be looking at the bowl bottom much, he or she is going to get one heck of a spectacular piece of briar for a very bargain price...